The Pueblo Creative Corridor’s First Friday Art Walk festivities begin at 5 p.m. on June 3. Stroll the sunny streets of downtown Pueblo and visit more than 35 art galleries, restaurants and businesses in the Creative Corridor. First Friday Art Walk activities are free.
Pueblo’s First Friday Art Walk continues to provide more than paintings, photography, fiber arts, sculpture, glass and pottery. Many of the Creative Corridor’s art galleries and shops have special demonstrations of live art activities. There will be newly hung shows, refreshments, live music and entertainment. Visitors create their own walking art tour of a variety of locations by starting at one gallery, picking up a free Creative Corridor Explorer’s Guide, and traveling on to another destination after mingling with the artists. The free guide is available in galleries and participating businesses and includes a plan of activities and a map. More information can be found at PuebloArts.org or follow on www.facebook.com/PuebloArts. For information on the Pueblo Creative Corridor, call 855-543-2430 or find at www.facebook.com/PuebloCreativeCorridor.
Mesa Junction District
- Artisan Textile Co., 113 Broadway Ave.— Featuring the diverse work of artist Patrice Biggi. Make and take braided bolo ties!
- Broadway Cup ‘n Cork, 100 Broadway Ave.— Opening reception for Art 4-Heart exhibition, featuring photography, paintings, drawings and ceramics created by local 4-H students. Proceeds from art sales will be donated to the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center.
- Cup & Bowl Ceramic Art Studio, 116 Midway Ave.— Featuring live raku demonstrations—glaze a piece of pottery and have it fired right before your eyes!
- Grupo Folklórico del Pueblo Studio, 120 Lake Ave.—Bienvenidos! Enjoy performances of traditional folk dancing. Proceeds from $6 dinner benefit the non-profit community center.
- Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave.—Summer reading kickoff concert and fun! Featuring live music by Blue Pepper Trio at 6 p.m. Refreshments provided.
Union Avenue Historic District
- Arts Alliance Studios, 107 S. Grand Ave.— Cristine Boyd of All Clay will be demonstrating her ceramics decorating techniques: graffito, slip trailing, silk screen and mono printing.
- Bite Me Cake Company, 223 S. Union Ave.—Presenting common sense-defying pottery by Colorado Springs-based artist Jerry Rhodes.
- Bellezza Design, 102 S. Victoria Ave., Suite 110—Presenting Collective's Mingle Market, Pueblo's artisan and boutique market on the Riverwalk. Enjoy shopping with local small businesses and artists. Also featuring Slug 'n Chug food truck.
- John Deaux Art Gallery and Turf Exchange Visual Arts Center, 221 S. Union Ave.— Highlighting the black and white photography of longtime gallery artist John Johnson, in conjunction with the Ansel Adams exhibition at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. The Turf Exchange Gallery will feature Tom Boyd on his marxophone while Nuhatch Pants will play in John Deaux.
- RazMaTaz, 335 S. Union Ave.— Featuring Keep in Touch, a selection of cards featuring original art and photos from local artists.
- Southeastern Heritage Center & Museum, 201 W. "B" Street—Presenting Eclectic Nomad Works by Karen Wallace with live music by Sunday Strings Ensemble.
- Steel City Art Works Gallery, 216 S. Union Ave.—Paying tribute to late member Nina Cravens-Fry with a retrospective of her works. Also featuring George Ivins and Nancy Goodenough and the works of special guest artist Edmund Gallegos.
- Studio 123, 123 S. Union Ave.— Featuring bohemian jewelry by Sandy Lasher, painted aspens by Lisa Bailey, painted rocks by Elizabeth Whitworth and denim jackets by Joy Walker.
Downtown Area/Main Street District
- Bingo Burger, 101 Central Plaza—Featuring live music from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and ice cold Colorado draft beer.
- Downtown Bar, 103 Central Plaza— Opening reception for The Survey of Life and Land 3 featuring paintings and photographs by Steve Mason, Linda Cates and Mo Keenan-Mason. Refreshments provided.
- Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe. Ave.— Hosting their 44th Anniversary Gala and celebrating opening night of Ansel Adams: Classic Images.
The sponsors for the 2016 First Friday Art Walk are: Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Legacy Bank, Pueblo Events, Pueblo Arts Alliance, Colorado Creative Industries and National Endowment for the Arts. Pueblo Arts Alliance promotes the production, enjoyment and collaboration of the arts for the purposes of economic development and an enriched quality of life in Pueblo. As administrator of the Pueblo Creative Corridor, a Colorado Certified Creative District, the Arts Alliance is supported by Colorado Creative Industries and the Boettcher Foundation.